Point and Counterpoint Over Rohrabacher’s Response

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Editor,

Below is a letter from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher responding to my concerns about the environment here in Orange County. I have a hunch many will agree it is very troubling. I remind you of his own words….climate change is “a liberal fabrication to get funding for research and part of a worldwide plan to control our lives.” Environmental legislation is based on “emotional junk science.” Take note. He is vice chairman of the Committee for Science, Space and Technology and serves on the subcommittee on the environment.

I am sharing with you my response, deconstructed, from his   Feb. 23 letter.

“Thank you for contacting me with your views regarding global warming and our changing climate. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

“I want to assure you that I am very concerned, as all Americans are, about major ecological problems that the world faces and agree that the United States must actively take steps to protect our environment today, as well as for the children of tomorrow. With that in mind, it is indeed important to note that the changes seen in our climate are well within the bounds of recent natural variability.”

  • You are shrugging off alarming climate change data as normal weather?

“Although global carbon dioxide (CO 2) concentrations are increasing, it is difficult to quantify the effect of industrial, automotive and other emission sources in terms of extreme weather, sea level rise, and other possible impacts.”

  • Scientific evidence has put this issue to rest. We are beyond debating the threat of man made climate change.

“There are considerable differences and uncertainties between observations taken over different periods of time, and there is even less certainty about the accuracy of computer models that project future changes based on extrapolation of these data sets.”

  • No. Wrong.

“I am also concerned that many are advancing their theories for political reasons.”

  • You declared climate change is a political issue – not the scientific community, which bases its conclusions on facts and evidence.

“Therefore, we must not rush into binding international agreements which will restrict the sovereignty of the United States in addressing the controlling of the production of greenhouse gases.”

  • Seriously? We are not rushing; we are already late.

“Additionally, I will not support Congressional action that will destroy America’s industrial base and throw millions of people out of work, based upon our current scientific data, analysis, and projections.”

  • An absurd claim with no basis of fact. The Paris Agreement will not throw millions of people out of work. The green economy is creating new jobs right here in Orange County. You should be a champion of these companies.

“Before we take action that will have a profound detrimental effect on our culture, and our economy, it is clear that additional scientifically based research is needed; and increased understanding and certainty about the link between specific activities and impacts must be developed.”

  • Sir, your “opinion” and inaction on our behalf will indeed have a profound detrimental effect. Your plans to undermine the EPA will have consequences here in California, which if you haven’t noticed has endured epic droughts, flooding, mud slides, wildfires, coastal erosion and more heartache due to climate change. None of this is “well within the bound of natural variability.” Please join us in protecting California’s natural beauty and help protect our economy directly affected by these crisis as well. This is your responsibility.

“Again, thank you for giving me the benefit of your views. Please continue to keep me informed about this and any other federal issues of concern to you.

“Sincerely,
Dana Rohrabacher, Member of Congress”

Lizanne Witte, Laguna Beach

Editor’s Note: An exception was made on the length of this letter due to the nature of the submission.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This article needs to become an ad to replace our useless representative. Ignorant, and arrogant to his constituents, this is not what an educated, real world constituency needs!

  2. But we re-elected him by a bit of a majority this last go-round. Why did he get to continue his miserable performance? Let’s not let that happen when he comes up for a vote again. I’d even accept a thoughtful “conservative” who would pay attention to constituents and reality, instead opf this bonehead.

  3. Lizanne Witte, like virtually all who Climate Change, pretends that it is possible to “save the planet” by dictating your standards on everyone else, while you continue to go anywhere you want, any time you want, take overseas vacations, attract tourists and visitors by the hundreds of thousands, all of whom must burn that *nasty* fossil fuel to drive to Laguna Beach, for all your arts and wine tastings, Sawdust Festival, stage productions, beach-goers, anything and everything to make more money and burn more fuel. Your hypocrisy and self-contradictions never occur to you as you preach your goodness and wonderfulness to the world. You badmouth oil pipelines and drilling, while filling up your own gas tanks often. Nor do electric cars excuse your hypocrisy. Over half of electricity is produced by burning fossil fuel. Furthermore, electric cars are more expensive to produce, which means it takes much more fossil fuel to make one compared to a standard car.

    You have to choose: either “save the planet” by staying home and doing nothing, or else enjoy life and stop ordering everyone else around with your insufferable condescension and arrogance. Choose only one.
    Oh, and don’t badmouth the messenger. Address the facts – your hypocrisy – your abject failure to practice what you, and Barack Obama, and Al Gore, preach.

  4. Insufferable condescension and arrogance doesn’t seem to be an exclusive of hypocritical liberals, after all, thank you, John. Our complaint with our so-called representative is not that we are wonderful, but that he denies science while supposedly understanding it as part of his JOB!

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